Author Archives: Michelle Krocker

Upending the Power Structure

It is an axiom of community planning that neighborhood homeowner associations wield considerable influence over development decisions in their communities. These households have a significant financial investment in the community, and their real estate taxes are the largest source of revenue for local governments. As a result, homeowners believe – rightly or wrongly – that

Ending Homelessness – We Know How

This is the time of year when area jurisdictions begin to release the results of their Point-in-Time surveys. These surveys are a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. This annual count is a HUD requirement for Continuums of Care to identify homeless persons who are sheltered in emergency

State of Affordable Housing 2017

State of Affordable Housing 2017Federal Upheaval…Local Consequences Congress and the President are considering some of the most substantial changes in federal support for affordable housing in decades—massive cuts to CDBG, HOME and other HUD programs, as well as tax reform that could fundamentally change the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program. Join the Alliance for Housing

Affordable Housing Density Bonus Program

The City of Alexandria invites the public to provide feedback on a proposed amendment to the city’s bonus density program. Plan to attend an information and listening session on Wednesday, April 5, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Charles Houston Recreation Center (Seniors Room), 901 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.   The Bonus

FY18 Budgets Constrained

In the next two weeks, local governments will unveil their draft Fiscal Year 2018 budgets, and the word CONSTRAINED can aptly be applied to all of them. A common set of challenges face many of our local jurisdictions including: Robust growth in school populations and the need for new school construction; Persistently stubborn high vacancy

NoVA on $32,000 a Year

Housing costs are extremely high in our area, and the abundant supply of older, affordable rental units built in the ’40s and ’50s has almost disappeared from our landscape as thousands of units have been renovated and converted to higher rents, or demolished and replaced with new luxury units. No where is this more evident

NoVA 2017

Here’s what we’ll be watching in NoVA in 2017: Development is picking up in the City of Alexandria, including new projects by nonprofit developers of affordable housing. Last year the City Council approved AHC’s St. James Plaza, and in December Alexandria Housing Development Corporation and Carpenter’s Shelter received approval to build a new shelter with

Alexandria Meeting on Surplus City Parcels

The City of Alexandria will hold a Community Meeting on Monday, January 9, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the Durant Recreation Center, 1605 Cameron Street, regarding the disposition of the following City-owned surplus properties: 912, 916 and 920 King Street; 116 S. Henry Street; and 120, 122 and 122 ½ N. Patrick Street.   For

What’s Ahead

A new Administration, a Republican-controlled Congress and a new set of priorities. Little mention was made of housing affordability, safety-net programs, persistent poverty, or better access to  economic opportunities for lower-income households by Mr. Trump on the campaign trail, and his lack of public service or policy-making experience makes it difficult to know what to

Affordability Drives Growth

We’ve been saying for some time now that providing affordable housing opportunities for the workforce is critical to the region’s ability to attract and retain businesses. But now you don’t have to take our word for it – you can hear it firsthand from an employer. Recently Andrew Florance, chief executive of CoStar Group, penned